Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Vincent’s Tower, Naples

c.1791

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 201 x 252 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00005
Turner Bequest I E

Catalogue entry

Copied, with variations, from the central portion of Paul Sandby’s aquatint after Antonio Fabris, Part of Naples, with the Ruin’d Tower of St Vincent, published 1 January 1778. The Castel dell’ Ovo in the left background is replaced by mountains, the foreground figures modified and a boat omitted. Finlay draws attention to the influence of William Gilpin in Turner’s simplification of the elements, and the adoption of an oval format. The other side of the sheet (Tate D40266) has a study of the masonry of the base of the tower.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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